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An Afternoon With an Astronaut: Helen Sharman at the Norwich Science Festival

By Luke Farnish and David Winlo

As the 2017 Norwich Science Festival continues in full swing, Norwich Cathedral plays host to one of the festival’s main events: a fascinating talk by Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman.

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Dinosaurs, Astronauts, and Gin: Why You Should go to This Year’s Norwich Science Festival

By David Winlo

A palaeontologist, an astronaut and a plant scientist walk into The Forum. No, this is not the intro to a cracking science joke, but just three of the amazing guest speakers coming to this year’s Norwich Science Festival from the 21st to the 29th of October! If you’re not excited already (I for one was convinced at the word ‘dinosaurs’), read on, and you will find a reason… Continue reading Dinosaurs, Astronauts, and Gin: Why You Should go to This Year’s Norwich Science Festival

Advice for Biologically Inclined Freshers Part 2: Where to Go in Norfolk to See the Best Wildlife

By David Winlo

September is drawing nearer, bringing with it your chance to explore the nature in and around UEA. In my last article, I gave some tips as to where to go on campus to experience some nature. This time, we’re going to stray much further afield, and see what there is to see in the rest of Norwich and Norfolk. Continue reading Advice for Biologically Inclined Freshers Part 2: Where to Go in Norfolk to See the Best Wildlife

Advice for Biologically Inclined Freshers: Where to Go on Campus to See the Best Wildlife.

By David Winlo

Hello and welcome to the University of East Anglia, and this, its online student life magazine, The Broad! If you’ve seen the university already on the internet or on one of its open days, you’ve probably seen an awful lot of concrete. Now don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy seeing the campus when I come in for lectures, but there can be times when particularly an ecology student like me, or another student of the BIO and ENV schools, can grow tired of man-made structures, and want to plan a little field trip for some respite.

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Citizen Science: What it is and How to Get Involved

By Luke Farnish

‘Stand on the shoulders of giants’. This is the slogan of Google Scholar, the Google search for scientific, peer-reviewed articles – and scientists do stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before them, those names immortalised by their incredible achievements. But, equally so, scientific understanding is built from a foundation of hard graft. To generate large datasets, scientists rely on the dedication of members of the public to record information for them. This is called citizen science.

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The Science of Christmas

 

By Luke Farnish and David Winlo

It’s that time of year again. Secret Santas are being set up, house Christmas dinners being planned, and many a slightly frozen student is heading to Unio for a seasonal hot drink. In other words, it is December, and Christmas will soon be upon us. Here at The Broad we celebrate Christmas in various ways, and we scientists are no different. So here is a scientific explanation of some, if not all things Christmas.

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An Alternate View

By Luke Farnish

Humans have always loved drawing maps, ever since the Greeks and their contemporaries began to explore the world, we have recorded the lands we have seen on sheets of paper. However, the most important fact about any map of the Earth is that it is wrong. It is impossible to completely accurately plot a spherical surface onto a flat rectangle; therefore, all maps are wrong. The issue is, our current most used projection is very wrong. This projection you will have seen on the walls of your old geography classroom is called the Mercator projection and was drawn up in 1569. Continue reading An Alternate View

The Science of Finding Dory: What it Got Right and Wrong

 

By David Winlo

This will not be your ordinary film review. I’m not going to discuss the plot of the film, how funny it was or whether or not it will make you cry. I’m here to look at it scientifically, whilst ignoring the talking sea creatures of course. So here are some things that were and were not scientifically accurate in Disney’s latest animated animal adventure.

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Help a Hedgehog: Advice For Bonfire Builders

By Luke FarnishThere’s a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter which can mean only one thing: celebrations are just around the corner. As pumpkins and spider webs litter people’s front windows, many will be reciting that age old rhyme, ‘Remember, remember, the fifth of November’. As you dust off that box of sparklers you’re not sure will even light and sort through your clothes to see which you don’t mind burning on the guy, spare a thought for the hedgehogs of your neighbourhood. Continue reading Help a Hedgehog: Advice For Bonfire Builders

What an Age We Live In

By Luke Farnish

What time is it?

The answer may seem simple, just look over at your clock for the time, your calendar for the date and year. But for geologists, things are not so easy. The Earth’s geological history is split into segments of varying length, from aeons which can last five hundred million years or more to epochs and ages that can last just a few thousand. Pick up any off the shelf text book on geology and it should proudly claim that we currently live in the Holocene epoch, an epoch that began somewhere around ten to twelve thousand years ago. But now this view has begun to change.

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When the Whales Came

 

By Luke Farnish

Few animals fill us with more awe than whales, the majestic but gentle giants of the seas. Seeing one of these magnificent creatures stranded on a beach is distressing, but so far this year thirty sperm whales have been stranded on beaches across the North Sea from France to Helgoland. The first to be washed up this year in the UK was at Hunstanton, not far from UEA on the north Norfolk coast. Unfortunately all the UKs washed up sperm whales have now died. 

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